Solid-state NVMe has proven to be one of the most significant players in the evolution of storage technology, providing some of the greatest speeds we have ever seen when jumping from one technology to the next. The only thing that has weighed the technology down any, has been capacity and longevity when compared to an HDD. HDDs just have this corner of the market dominated still.
Longevity has been something companies have been working hard at improving on, allowing SSD technology to come a long way. They aren’t there yet but they are making strides. Capacity, on the other hand, has been a slow turning wheel. Until now at least.
Sabrent has released an 8TB NVMe solution that promises performance similar to the likes of Samsung. Speeds of up to 3,300 MBps read and 2,900 MBps write, and enough capacity to strike back at most of the singular HDD solutions out there.
It’s a bit surprising that Samsung didn’t beat them to the punch, as they usually do pretty well at securing a place at the top of the evolutionary chain when it comes to SSD technology. They do have an 8TB solution, but it is an enterprise option that no consumer would want to touch (nor would any consumer PC be ready to accept one).
Sabrent, however, delivers one in your familiar M.2 format, ready for average PCI-e 3.0 motherboard consumption. The only catch is that it will run you an eye-popping $1,500 to get your hands on one. This is a lot of money for 8TBs of space when you can get an 8TB HDD for less than $150.
So would you drop this kind of hard-earned cash for 8TBs just to have the speed? Likely, the answer would be no. This would be more for a high-end power-user who is working (encoding) with 8K graphics or looking to build a fancy personal server for similar tasks that require a lot of throughput to pull data to and from with. What is exciting, is the ability to squeeze 8TBs into an NVMe at all, which means we are heading into a positive direction with this. Hopefully, we can eventually see NVMe come a little close to HDD modules in both price and capacity someday (someday that isn’t too far away).
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